With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a green brew of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in March 2018.
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Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold #1) by Kim Wilkins
Publisher: Del Rey Books (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 448 pages
FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN.
They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom, who is risking everything for a forbidden love. The twins: vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. And Ash, who is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift–or a curse.
But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, they must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.
This novel hands down sounds like one of the coolest fantasy/family story ever. Having a sister myself I can relate to that aspect of the novel, and to have each of the daughters represent one part of the key to saving their father sounds like an interesting take on a very stereotypical female driven genre.
The Bone Curse (Benjamin Oris #1) by Carrie Rubin
Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media (March 27, 2018)
Print Length: 296 pages
Ben Oris, a pragmatic med student from Philadelphia, gets cut by an old bone while touring the Paris catacombs. His companion Laurette, a public health student from Haiti, senses danger and worries an evil curse now runs through him.
Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. But when people close to him succumb to a grisly illness and a dark priest pursues him, his skepticism waivers. Could a bone from an 18th-century skeleton with a frightening history really cause modern-day disease?
With the help of Laurette, he scrambles to find a cure through Vodou before more of his loved ones die. But first, he must battle the mysterious priest who’s bent on vengeance and determined to have Ben’s blood as his own.
I’ve been to the Paris catacombs and I’ve seen what the characters could have seen, but thankfully I can say I didn’t leave with an evil curse…. or did I? This book sounds like an incredibly interesting take on a historical place, so when I stumbled across it I couldn’t not include it!
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
While I have already read this novel, thank you NetGalley, I am nevertheless still excited to own a physical copy. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this book without it’s dust jacket, do it now, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, the premise of three witches cursing a town to having three daughters taken to drown the sons should be enough to entice you to the town of Sparrow.
The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 20, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.
But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…
War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.
While the first novel, The Bone Witch, was average so far as my own personal rating system goes, mostly due to not getting along with the audiobook, I promised myself that I would continue on with the series and so you can bet that I have had The Heart Forger on order for quite sometime. The cover art is gorgeous and I am excited to see where Tea and her companions find themselves next, hopefully I can pick this one up relatively quickly.
Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
Publisher: Philomel Books (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 432 pages
The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family’s cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch up — but soon, everything goes wrong. Their small band of fighters is caught and killed. Chaim, Gittel, and their two friends are left alive, only to be sent off to Sobanek concentration camp.
Chaim is quiet, a poet, and the twins often communicate through wordless exchanges of shared looks and their own invented sign language. But when they reach Sobanek, with its squalid conditions, rampant disease, and a building with a belching chimney that everyone is scared to so much as look at, the bond between Chaim and Gittel, once a source of strength, becomes a burden. For there is a doctor there looking to experiment on twins, and what he has in store for them is a horror they dare not imagine.
I have been eagerly anticipating this release since I learned about it late last year. I haven’t really read too many WWII novels this year so I will be chomping at the bit to get my hands on this one come publication day.
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Tor (March 27, 2018)
Print Length: 576 pages
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.
Another fantasy novel driven by powerful women sounds like the makings of an empowering March. While I thought The Queens of Innis Lear and Daughters of the Storm could be similar, just reading their synopsis’ are enough to convince me to read both.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel Friends (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
A retelling of both The Little Mermaid and The Legend of King Midas, To Kill a Kingdom sounds like just the type of read that has been missing from my TBR pile. Boasting quite a few amazing pre-release reviews, you bet I will be joining Princess Lira for an adventure later this month.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
Publisher: Candlewick (March 13, 2018)
Print Length: 288 pages
The Blackburn women are cursed. Ever since the extraordinary witch Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island centuries ago and was shunned by the eight “original” settlers, Blackburn witches have been doomed to carry out a brief whirlwind affair with a descendant of the Original Eight. The vengeful curse, however, had unintended side effects: it diluted the Blackburns’ supernatural powers. That’s perfectly all right with seventeen-year-old Nor Blackburn. All she wants is a quiet, unremarkable life—her powers are blissfully unexceptional, her love life pretty much nonexistent. Nor hopes the curse has played itself out through enough generations that she’ll finally be spared the drama. But when a mysterious book comes out promising to cast any spell for the right price, Nor senses a dark storm headed straight for Anathema—and straight for her.
I loved The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender when I read it in back in February 2016, so when I found out that Leslye Walton was releasing a new novel, I knew it had to make this list. While the synopsis reads similar to Ava Lavender, with it being about a family of women with peculiar dispositions, it is also about witches so my post The Wicked Deep feelings have somewhere to go.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in March 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated March releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.